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Two New Awards from the NCTE Latinx Caucus

Dr. Sanjuana C. Rodriguez wins inaugural Nuestra Gente Award 

Dr. Sanjuana C. Rodriguez is an assistant professor of Reading and Literacy Education at Kennesaw State University. Her research interests include the early literacy development of culturally and linguistically diverse students, early writing development, and literacy development of emergent bilinguals. Read the full press release.

 

    

Lorena Germán wins inaugural Excelencia in Teaching Scholarship

Lorena Germán is a 12th year educator, born in Dominican Republic and raised in Massachusetts, now living and teaching young people in Austin, Texas. Her Masters degree was earned at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. She's an active member of the Bread Loaf Teacher Network and leads their monthly #BLTN Twitter chats. She's been published in ASCD, NCTE blog, a National Writing Project anthology on education and justice, and the Journal of Latinos in Education. She is the co-founder of The Multicultural Classroom, which supports educators to embrace a culturally sustaining approach to education. A 2014 National Council of Teachers of English Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award recipient, Lorena strives to be the teacher she never had. Read the full press release.

Nuestra Gente Award: $500

Established by the Latinx Caucus of NCTE and sponsored by Laura Muñoz, CEO S-Mart, this award recognizes a Latinx graduate student or junior faculty (first three years) to support their continued education and research agenda which must align to the NCTE Rainbow Strand.

Rainbow Strand sessions highlight issues and strategies related to enhancing the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students. Affirming the lives and literatures, literacies, and legacies of people across complex and multiple lines of difference is central to the mission of the Rainbow Strand. Thus, Rainbow Strand sessions represent the cultural and linguistic diversity of a nation, if not a globe, and thus affirm and explore, examine and pay unique attention to historically underrepresented populations—specifically Latinx's.

Eligibility
1.    Must be a Latinx graduate student in his/her first 3 years of teaching
2.    His/her research must align with Rainbow Strand

Application Process
1.    Google form: http://goo.gl/forms/8SDCsCVF4F 
2.    One letter of support from a professor or colleague who is familiar with your research
3.    Complete curriculum vitae
4.    Proof of college enrollment

Letter of support, CV and proof of college enrollment should be sent to nctecccclatinocaucus@gmail.com with the subject line: Nuestra Gente Award

Applications are due July 15, 2016.

The award winner will be announced by September 30, 2016, and will be recognized at the 2016 NCTE Awards Ceremony during the NCTE Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.

Excelencia in Teaching Scholarship: $1000

Established by the Latinx Caucus of NCTE and sponsored by Laura Muñoz, CEO S-Mart, this scholarship will be awarded to a Latin@ educator in a K-12 classroom to help cover the cost of registration for and travel to the NCTE Annual Convention. This educator is an example of excellence in teaching and demonstrates innovative approaches in education.

An educator who demonstrates innovative approaches to teaching is one who is willing to take risks and experiment with different teaching and learning methods. These are methods that better meet the needs of his/her students. These are approaches that consider culture, social justice, and/or a pluralistic view of society both in the strategy and the content. To be eligible for this award for NCTE 2016, you must have submitted a proposal and had it accepted.

Eligibility
1.    Must be a Latinx teacher K-12
2.    Have a proposal accepted for NCTE 2016

Application Process
1. Google form that includes short answer questions:  http://goo.gl/forms/N3Q8gdG4NU
2. Letter of support from someone familiar with your work –This could be a colleague, professor, supervisor, administrator, student, etc.

Letter of support should be sent to nctecccclatinocaucus@gmail.com 
Subject line: Excelencia in Teaching Scholarship

Videos are encouraged to supplement application. Please email them to nctecccclatinocaucus@gmail.com

Applications are due July 15, 2016.

The award winner will be announced by September 30, 2016, and will be recognized at the 2016 NCTE Latinx Caucus business meeting during the NCTE Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.

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